July 16 - CAIRO, Egypt – Bethany College sophomore Suzanne Stettinius (Parkton, Md./Hereford) placed 33rd out of 60 competitors at the Modern Pentathlon Junior World Championships, which were held in Cairo, Egypt on July 6.
The Modern Pentathlon competition consists of five events, including shooting, fencing, swimming, riding and running. Stettinius qualified for the World Championships in June at the US Junior Nationals, which were held in Ligonier, Pa. This year’s Junior World Championship is the last international competition prior to the Olympics. Eleven competitors will be representing their respective nations in Beijing, including Stettinius’ teammate, Margaux Isaksen, who placed 13th overall in Cairo.
Stettinius, a member of Bethany’s cross country and swimming & diving teams, compiled 4,876 total points during the one-day competition. In addition to that total placing her 33rd among all competitors, it was also the second-highest total posted by a member of the four-person American team, which placed ninth out of 15 full teams at the event. Each team’s score is comprised of the top three performers. Hungary won the team competition, with Russia placing second and host Egypt taking third.
The best event for Stettinius was shooting, the first event of the day. She collected a total of 178 target points to place 12th overall and score 1,072 points. The next event was fencing, which saw Stettinius finish in a tie for 26th and total 712 more points.
The competition then moved to the pool and Stettinius completed the 200-meter race in 2:31.72. Competitors moved to the riding event next and Stettinius, who is also a member of Bethany’s equestrian program, finished 33rd overall. The final event of the day was the 3,000-meter run, which Stettinius completed in 11:51.06 to collect her final 876 points of the competition.
A business major at Bethany, Suzanne is the daughter of Avis and William Stettinius of Parkton, Md.